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Automobile coat made out of raccoon fur (1906, U.S.)

Raccoon coats were a fad in the United States during the 1920s, particularly with (male) college students in the middle and later years of the decade. They are full-length fur coats. They became popular due to the stories of Davy Crockett and popular artist James Van Der Zee.[1] George Olsen and His Music released a recording highlighting the fad in 1928, titled "Doin' the Raccoon", with the lyrics:

From every college campus comes the cheer: oy-yoy!
The season for the raccoon coat is here, my boy!
Rough guys, tough guys, men of dignity,
Join the raccoon coat fraternity, soon,
To do the raccoon!

A few months after Olsen's recording hit the air, the November 16, 1929 issue of The Saturday Evening Post featured an Alan Foster illustration of several college men wearing raccoon coats.[2] The raccoon coat (many times accompanied with a straw boater, wingtip spectator oxfords, and either a saxophone or a ukelele) has been referenced numerous times in movies and television, both as a symbol of the Jazz Age and as a cliché motif of collegiate enthusiasm.

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Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:52:30 -0800

He rode in a chauffeur-driven, $14,000 powder blue limousine, and wore expensive clothes, including a $1,200 raccoon coat. His personal trademark was a red carnation, fresh daily, worn in his lapel. At the height of his power, Johnson lived in a suite ...

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 11:15:08 -0800

In his later years, Gibson was known to walk to dinner every night at the nearby Ritz Carlton Hotel, often dressed to the nines in a top hat and tuxedo under his big raccoon coat. Some neighbors dubbed him “Mr. Boston.” Just inside the museum, dark ...
Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:44:32 -0800

Iris stood at the open train window, laughing and waving to her little family down on the platform. It was nearly dawn. Her mother, Ida, stood next to the brick station wall, a thin hanky at her nose and eyes, her winter coat pulled tightly in front of ...


Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:36:53 -0800

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:53:41 -0800

(In years following Yale victories, the letters are reversed.) The composer Tony Schemmer, Yale '68, HMS '72, was expected in his raccoon coat. Cheever wore the Harvard letter sweater he won in lightweight crew. On the menu were grilled steak ...
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Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:10:01 -0700

PRINCETON -- A raccoon found by a Princeton resident last month later tested positive for rabies, police said today. A resident found the baby raccoon in the area of Pretty Brook Road on June 4 and took the animal to the Mercer County Wildlife Center ...
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Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:22:30 -0700

“It was not healthy,” she said, later adding that the mangy raccoon's coat was in “terrible shape.” “We don't suspect rabies, but there was something wrong.” She said the raccoon was gracefully put under and buried nearby. Surrounded by woods, it's not ...
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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:11:15 -0800

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